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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton provides Mercedes contract update

The Briton and Team Principal Toto Wolff had scheduled a meeting post-Spanish Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton has confirmed progress has been made with Mercedes over a new contract but conceded there is "nothing new to add" into the public domain.

The seven-time F1 World Champion's future has come into question numerous times in the past 18 months with the Silver Arrows struggling to remain competitive under the sport's newest technical regulations.

But both Hamilton and Team Principal Toto Wolff have insisted any negotiations would be simple, with the pair confirming talks for the Monday after the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Asked if there had been progress made to secure his F1 future, Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Yeah, but nothing else new to add."

"I have seen Toto, we have talked several times. We have a great relationship but there is nothing else to say at the moment."

D&I initiatives 'already covered'

A key to the relationship between Hamilton and Mercedes has been the German manufacturer's support for the Briton's push for increased diversity and inclusion within the team, F1 and wider society.

On how much of a hold up details around initiatives such as Ignite and Accelerate 25 were in the contract talks, Hamilton explained: "I think we already covered a lot of that already in the previous contract.

"We have got an amazing group of people back in the factory focused on D&I [diversity and inclusion] and really, there has been huge progress within our team since the first time we had the serious conversations.

"The work we are doing with Accelerate 25 and Ignite, which is now within Mission 44... the team is always super supportive.

"That is always going to be a focal point. Mission 44, I am really proud of where we have got it to, we are now funding 25 or 26 different organisations out there.

"We are starting to have impact and hopefully, we will start to see a better chain coming through with more diverse students."

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